Friday, August 28, 2015

Whisper



Proverbs 16:28
A dishonest man spreads strife,
and a whisperer 
separates friends.

Everybody does it...everybody
It is one of those acceptable sins
and yet it is listed right there along with things
we would consider ugly, and unacceptable behavior.

...unrighteousness, iniquity, grasping and covetous greed, 
malice, envy and jealousy, murder, strife, deceit and treachery, 
ill will and cruel ways, secret back biting and gossipers, slanderers, 
hateful to and hating God, full of insolence, arrogance and boasting, 
inventors of new forms of evil, disobedient and undutiful to parents, 
without understanding, conscienceless and faithless, 
heartless and loveless and merciless... Romans 1:29-31 (AMP)

And then there is the next verse...32
Though they are fully aware of Gods righteous decrees
that those who do such things deserve to die, 
they do not only do them themselves
but approve and applaud others who practice them.

In context, these verses are speaking to those in our world who have rejected God.
Those of us who claim to be followers of Christ would loudly proclaim
this passage is not about me....
I would proclaim
I am a follower, so I can skip past this
and yet...
I have done and felt some of the things on this list
and I know I am not alone in that


It can sneak up on a person, 
on me
sharing life with a friend 
becomes
an innocent prayer request for someone besides myself 
becomes
sharing news that is not mine to share 
becomes
sharing discontent about another 
becomes
"a whisper"......
and then, 
once the conversation is over and done
conviction sets in (or at least it should)
on where things went
where it got off track

You with me?

It takes only thoughtlessness 
to make me unqualified to represent My Lord 
to a lost and dying world.

So what am I to do?
How do I make sure I do not fall into the trap again?
How do I know when I need to talk to someone else about an issue?
And when I do share, what is the best way to speak about it?
Who is on the approved list to speak about a situation with?

I confess to my Heavenly Father when I fall
I pray for strength and awareness
and I reflect....

When I find myself being sucked in to a conversation that becomes a "whisper",
I have to decide quickly...
do I stay, do I go, do I walk away, do I respond?



When something is bothering me 
and I feel the need to speak to someone else about it,
I need to be aware ahead of time 
where the line is that I will not cross from sharing into a "whisper".

When I am hurt by another 
and my inclination is to share this with someone else, 
I need to instead focus on me and my responses, rather than
the offense, the frustration, the misunderstanding, or the personality.
And then forgive and share with no one.

As far as who I should have on my approved list 
to speak about things that are troubling me...
That too needs to be thought out ahead of time.
*My Heavenly Father is at the top of my list
*A trusted friend who has proven to give me wise counsel 
and is not inclined to "whisper" to others.

That is the end of the line. 
I do not need a group, 
just one
I do not need to find like minded people
I just need someone who will speak into the situation
with wisdom and encouragement. 
Who will pray for me and with me.
Who will not pass on my troubles to another as a prayer request.



I am a child of The Most High God
and
I am a sinner in need of a Savior

I thank God every day that both of those statements are true


Proverbs 26:17-22 (ESV)

17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
    is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death
19 is the man who deceives his neighbor
    and says, “I am only joking!”
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
    and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
    so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
    they go down into the inner parts of the body.






Thursday, August 13, 2015

Small


For some time now, 
my prayer has been that I stay small.

That when others see me,
they do not actually see me,
but see my Savior,
and the glory of The One I serve.

Now don't get me wrong....this is my desire,
and yet I have found it very hard
and at times painful.
Staying small and becoming smaller still...
It is costly, and the process hurts.



Giving up what attention for a job well done can bring
Or seeing others take credit for "my" hard work

And then there is the constant stepping back 
from my drive to be in the thick of things.

Discarding the need to explain myself

Being content with others not understanding 
me,
my choices 
or thoughts
accepting times when I am made the scapegoat
letting go of 
my ideas, 
my plans, 
my anything



removing the things that could mask who I belong to
yielding for others
surrendering my agenda
cutting loose anything that holds me back from becoming
smaller and smaller
less and less

until I  am only proclaiming God's reasons 
and none of my own

This world does not understand,
It trumpets songs of self
we are encouraged to take pictures of our self
and even talk about our self (like what I am doing now!!!)
Focusing on our progress, our success,
striving for happiness

I have tried it
I am not any happier

I have found there is only one place where peace resides
long lasting peace that can not be found 
in a drug, 
a bottle 
or any other place

that is in my Heavenly Fathers hands
staying small
so that He can be seen through my circumstances
by a world full of self seekers.
So small that His Glory is unmistakable.

Philippians 2: 5 -11(ncv)
In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus
Christ Himself was like God in everything.
But He did not think that being equal with God 
was something to be used for His own benefit.
But He gave up His place with God 
and made Himself nothing.
He was born as a man
and became a servant.
And when He was living as a man,
He humbled Himself and was fully obedient to God,
even when that caused His death--death on a cross.
So God raised Him to the highest place.
God made His name greater than every other name
so that every knee will bow to the name of Jesus--
everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
And everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
and bring glory to God the Father.